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How to Make Pancakes in a Sandwich Maker

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Beautiful square pancakes topped with banana slices.

Beautiful square pancakes topped with banana slices.

If you think pancakes have to be round and a sandwich maker can only make sandwiches, think again! Sometimes, life can be a lot more quirky when you do the unexpected. There's nothing wrong with making round pancakes on a good old skillet; I'm not at all against this conventional method. So what's the point of utilizing a sandwich maker instead of sticking to the old-school preparation?

Well, first of all, you've got to admit that square pancakes are whimsical and amusing. Secondly, you can brown both sides of each pancake evenly without having to flip them. Plus, if you have children, this might be something fun to do with them in the kitchen; even those lazy ones might be inspired to make their own breakfast for once!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

About 6 pancakes

Ingredients (Low-Fat and Cholesterol-Free)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup soy milk (see note below)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cooking spray

Ingredient Note

Soy milk contains just about as much fat as 2% milk, but it's cholesterol-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly. You may substitute 2% milk or whole milk for it if you'd like.

Instructions

  1. Put all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Stir together well with a whisk.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg whites until well-blended.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture.
  4. Whisk together until nicely combined, with no lumps. Put your pancake batter in a small jug so that you will be able to pour it onto the sandwich maker conveniently. (In the photo below, I used a coffee press pot.)
  5. Turn on your sandwich maker and allow it to heat up for a few minutes.
  6. Lightly grease the inside of your sandwich maker with cooking spray. Even if it is a non-stick version, grease it a little anyway to guarantee an easy removal.
  7. Pour your pancake batter onto the sandwich maker. (Don't pour on too much; your pancakes will come out too thick or doughy in the middle.)
  8. Check your pancakes after about 4 minutes. If they look brown on top, they're done; you can remove them from the sandwich maker and repeat the process with the rest of the pancake batter. If not, close the sandwich maker and allow them to cook for a couple more minutes or so.
  9. Serve your beautiful square pancakes with butter, syrup and perhaps your choice of fruits, such as bananas and berries.

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